The Arizona Commission on the Arts administers programs and services that contribute to the growth and stabilization of the arts, impact student learning, nurture and develop artists’ craft and skills, preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities and encourage participation by Arizonans of all ages and abilities.

Arizona Poet Laureate

The Arizona Poet Laureate is a Governor’s appointee whose purpose is to champion the art of American poetry, inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and educate Arizonans about poets and authors who have influenced our state through creative literary expression.

AZ Creative Aging

An ambitious and comprehensive initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, AZ Creative Aging will build a creative aging infrastructure to enhance quality of life for older Arizonans. With funding from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, AZ Creative Aging will provide training to teaching artists, support the development of high-quality arts programs for older adults and embed creative aging knowledge and best practices in the community.

AZ ArtWorker

Through an innovative partnership with Arizona State University and the generous support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, AZ ArtWorker offers artist-to-artist professional development, creating opportunities for Arizona artists to learn from national and international artists who are at the frontlines of contemporary art and community practice.

Poetry Out loud

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.


In the 2014-2015 school year, the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Commission on the Arts collaborated on the pilot project Arts2Go, which proposed a new model for teacher professional development and community arts connection.

Joint Arts Education Conference

Every two years, Arizona’s teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and arts education advocates gather to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students. The Joint Arts Education Conference is a co-presentation of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education.

Arizona Art Tank

At regional events in four Arizona communities, top applicants are given six minutes each to pitch innovative arts-based ventures to a live audience and a panel of experts for a shot at up to $10,000 in seed-funding.